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Research groups

Christopher Breen

BSc (Hons) MRes PhD

Research Assistant

I started out my research career at the University of Manchester investigating factors which influenced differentiation of embryonic cell lines to vascular cell phenotypes. 

Following this I conducted my doctoral work at the University of Glasgow looking at the importance of miRNAs in the context of Stroke in a range of pre-clinical models as well as clinical presentation of the condition. During this time I became adept at a range of Molecular Biology techniques as well as sophisticated in vivo procedures. 

After my PhD I spent two years in Shanghai where I was the founding member of the STEM department at an American High School program. I saw the project through from inception to accreditation of our school. During this time I learned a great deal about achieving effective science education to ensure that we are doing what is necessary to foster the next generation of scientists. 

I spent one Year at the University of Western Australia as a Research Assistant where I contributed to the development of a high-throughput epigenetic screening platform utilising the dCas9-SunTag system. I spent a great deal of time cloning our highly engineered constructs for the system as well as optimization of viral vector production methodologies to accomplish high yield, high quality product. 

Recently I have joined the Auditory Neuroscience Group led by Andrew King where my primary duties are management of the lab. I look forward to applying my skills to assist in unravelling the mysteries of the brain.